Friday, May 29, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Housemade

Term used by restaurants to indicate food items prepared from scratch such as "housemade pickles," "housemade gnocchi," and "housemade horseradish." Replaces the more amateur-sounding "homemade." Courtesy of Newsweek.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: test tube meat and schmeat/shmeat

test tube meat
Meat produced via in vitro processes, i.e., grown in test tubes, rather than on farms. Test tube meat is an attempt to create humane, slaughter house-free meat.

Schmeat or shmeat, depending on your preferred spelling, is another term for "test tube meat." Coined by Dr. Vladimir Mironov, a biologist at the Medical University of South Carolina, who is working to culture meat from animal tissue.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Wildharvesting & Urban Foraging

fancy term for foraging.

urban foraging
foraging in urban spaces - finding wild foods and edibles in local fields, backyards, playgrounds, public land.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Meat Cards

Meat Cards
Business cards created from "100% beef jerky" - contact information is seared onto the jerky with a laser. Seriously.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Aporkalypse Now!

Aporkalypse Now!
term du jour used by journalists to refer to the swine flu epidemic.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Gourmonsters

Food snobs, food police. Courtesy of the New York Post. Also see "Arugulance".

Friday, April 24, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Dry farming

Dry Farming

a type of farming practiced in arid areas without irrigation by planting drought-resistant crops and maintaining a fine surface tilth or mulch that protects the natural moisture of the soil from evaporation.

Food Jargon of the Day: S.O.L.E./ S.O.L.E. Food

S.O.L.E./ S.O.L.E Food
An acronym for "sustainable, organic, local and ethical" eating; a theory of eating that takes into account the numerous factors related to each of these concepts.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Arugulance

Food snobbery, typified by a penchant for arugula. From "The Aura of Arugulance," a NY Times Op Ed piece by Maureen Dowd. Used by Alice Waters in response to criticisms of arrogance and condescension:

“I’m just put into that arugulance place. I own a fancy restaurant. I own an expensive restaurant. I never thought of it as fancy. People don’t know we’re supporting 85 farms and ranches and all of that. And so my first thing I say, it’s going to cost more and I want to pay for my food. I go to the farmers’ market; it makes me feel like I’m making a donation.”


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Community Supported Forage

Community Supported Forage (CSF)
Modeled on Community Supported Agriculture organic-farm boxes, forageSF, a San Francisco-based foraging subscription service, provides clients with a biweekly allotment of seasonal foraged products. This week's box includes: four kinds of wild mushrooms, foraged oranges, wild onions, sea beans and miner's lettuce

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Twecipes and Recessipes

An extremely abbreviated recipe, published via Twitter, that provides cooking instructions in no more than 140 characters. The Observer reports:"There is a growing trend for people, including some leading chefs, to create micro-recipes - a single paragraph that tells users how to make an entire starter, main course or dessert - then transmit them via Twitter."

Cost-saving recipes for cooking in a recession economy. ABC News reports: "Times are tough, and many of us are rediscovering the benefits of a home-cooked meal. The folks at the Food Network discovered that recently more people are searching the network's Web site looking for recipes that are easy on the waistline, as well as the wallet. In response, the Food Network has created what it is calling "recessipes" -- meals that will leave both your stomach and bank accounts full."

Today's Food Jargon Watch courtesy of The Food Section

Friday, March 27, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Traceability

Web sites such as Find the Farmer, and special labels on the packages that let buyers learn about and even contact the farmers who produced their food. Courtesy of the NY Times. See The Oprah-ization of Food and Provenance of Food.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: Organic Junk Food/Vegan Junk Food

Organic Junk Food
Courtesy of Marion Nestle. Whether it's organic Oreos or regular Oreos: "Organic junk food is still junk food.”

Vegan Junk Food
(aka Vegan OK Junk Food )
Junk foods not made from any animal products nor animal by-products.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Food Jargon of The Day: Food Stamp Challenge

Food Stamp Challenge
Individuals who aren't on food stamps live on the allocation for their state for one month or one week. In 2007, in an effort to help raise hunger awareness, Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee took the “Food Stamp Challenge,” and lived on just $21 - or $3 per day - for one week. In a recent LA Times article, a journalist and his wife take the Food Stamp Challenge to save money to buy a house: "A couple takes the Food Stamp Challenge and discovers it is possible to eat healthfully on a tight budget. Careful planning and a home garden help." Right...

Food Jargon of the Day: The First Locavore

The First Locavore
New title given to Michelle Obama (formerly know as the "First Lady") after breaking ground for an organic garden at the White House.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Food Jargon of the Day: The Oprah-ization of Food

The Oprah-ization of Food

From an article in Advertising Age, "The Oprah-ization of Food" refers to the need for "our food to come with compelling stories." For example, Dole organic bananas are branded with a number you can enter on the company's website and find out to where it was picked and discover by whom. See food provenance.